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Causes of Population growth


The UK, Feb 2013


The causes of population growth are many and tend to relate to one another.

  • health; the control of disease, birth control measures, infant mortality, diet, and malnutrition, the number of doctors and nurses, sexual health education.
  • education; health education, the age at which compulsory schooling finishes, females in education, levels of tertiary education, literacy levels.
  • social provision; levels of care for the elderly, availability of radio and other forms of media, clean water supply.
  • cultural factors religious attitudes to birth control, status gain from having children, the roles of women in society, sexual morality
  • political factors; taxation to support services, strengths of the economy, impact of war and conflicts, access to health care and contraception
  • environmental factors; frequency of hazards, environmental conditions that breed disease.